Comparison of the incidence of influenza in relation to climate factors during 2000-2007 in five countries.
Julian W Tang, Florence YL Lai, P Nymadawa, Yi-Mo Deng, Mala Ratnamohan, Martin Petric, Tze Ping Loh, Nancy WS Tee, Dominic E Dwyer, Ian G Barr, Felix YW Wong
J Med Virol | Published : 2010
Relatively few international comparisons of the incidence of influenza related to climate parameters have been performed, particularly in the Eastern hemisphere. In this study, the incidence of influenza and climate data such as temperature, relative humidity, and rainfall, from cities at different latitudes with contrasting climates: Singapore, Hong Kong (China), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Vancouver (Canada), and three Australian cities (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) were examined to determine whether there was any overall relationship between the incidence of influenza and climate. Applying time-series analyses to the more comprehensive datasets, it was found that relative humidity was asso..View full abstract